Sexual Abuse

Victims of Sexual Abuse

We understand that trauma from sexual abuse is not solved by any dollar amount. Injuries are long-lasting, affecting many areas of survivors’ lives. However, we will fight for the compensation you deserve to support you in your healing.

Our expert personal injury lawyers will look to make a difficult and painful process as simple as they possibly can. We strive to be respectful, discrete and, above all, ensure you are compensated for the difficulties you have had to face.

Our Experience

We have represented victims of many sexual abuse crimes, including claims made by:

  • Victims who participated in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
  • State wards abused in religious institutions and homes, for example at St Vincent’s in South Melbourne, St Augustine’s in Geelong and Box Hill Boy’s Home.
  • Victims of paedophile priests;
  • Victims of paedophile teachers at both State-owned public schools and private schools;
  • Victims against individual perpetrators;

The following types of compensation can be included in claims:

  • Pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life damages;
  • Exemplary damages, for example if there has been gross negligence or outrageous conduct;
  • Damages for past and future lost earnings;
  • Damages for out-of-pocket medical expenses.

Removal of Time Limits

In 2015, the Victorian State Parliament made changes to the law to remove the 3 year time limit that had previously applied to sexual abuse claims. You can therefore make a claim, even if you suffered abuse decades ago.

Removal of the ‘Ellis Defence’

In 2018, further changes were made to the law in Victoria to prevent religious institutions using the ‘Ellis Defence’, a legal argument used by the Catholic Church to deny liability to pay compensation to victims of its paedophile priests. The defence was based on the principle that the Church did not legally exist and that its huge pool of assets was held by a property trust.

Previous Settlements

We are interested in speaking to you even if you have already received compensation from the institution, such as through the Catholic Church ‘Melbourne Response’ or ‘Towards Healing’. Find out how you could overturn these agreements to gain additional compensation.

Redress Scheme

In 2018, following the findings and recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the cap for compensation is however limited to $150,000. We strongly advise you to seek our free legal advice about your rights to civil litigation prior to making a Redress Scheme claim. The current cap for a civil claim in Victoria is far in excess of $1M. Find out what this scheme means for you and how you could maximise your compensation claim.

Our Fees – No Win No Fee

Our no win no fee model means that our services are only charged if we get you the results you are entitled to. This includes out-of-pocket expenses, such as medical reports and Court fees. We do not require you to sign up for a ‘litigation loan’ unlike many of our competitors.